In 2015, I received an email from my immigration attorney asking me if I was ready to file for American citizenship. I soon realized I didn’t know if I was ready to become an American citizen. What did that even mean? Was this who I was now: a potential American? I knew I was ready to be called a New Yorker, but an American? I took time to think about it, wondering if I would fit in, wondering if this is where my heart was. A year later I still had my doubts so I decided to take to the road, to go meet the rest of the country, to go meet the Americans and to understand what it meant to be an American. Over the course of 4 months, I drove an estimated 15,000 miles across the U.S which led me to meet over 100 people with my camera. I was welcomed everywhere and people were eager to help me with my project. My doubts about fitting in as an American faded pretty fast and instead, a sense of belonging grew in me. Of course I fitted in, I was in a country built by people who immigrated from all over the world. 

I am now an American citizen and was able to vote in the last election which followed with a travel ban pointing to immigration as being a threat to the country. Our diversity is for me the core of the beauty of te American identity and the main reason why I joined. It is time to celebrate this unique identity and diversity as a strength which is now more important than ever through 'We The People'.